Great White Heron on Staten Island, New York

During September 2001, a Great White Heron was discovered at Wolfe Pond Park in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. Here are some photographs of the bird as it roosted in a tree overlooking the creek that runs under Hylan Boulevard. Unfortunately, the bird was partially blocked by foliage hence the mediocre shots. Readily distinguished from Great Egret by the heavy bicolored bill and pale legs.

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Figure 3. Sunning itself. Notice the dark bluish quills on some of the tertials.

Figure 4. Spread wing showing immaculate white plumage.

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